Art from the Heart fundraiser to benefit 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center

September 23, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Gerald Turner of Chambersburg, Pa., displays an art print as it is auctioned Sunday to benefit the Franklin County (Pa.) 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. The print was made by one of the center's horses with some human assistance.
Photo by Jennifer Fitch

SCOTLAND, Pa. — Some of the most popular pieces in Sunday’s Art from the Heart fundraiser came from first-time artists.

One-name artists like Reno, Chief and Woody provided canvases splashed with acrylic paint for the fundraiser benefiting the Franklin County (Pa.) 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center. They might not be well-known in the art world, but they are beloved at the riding center.

With assistance from their human handlers and nontoxic paint, Reno, Chief, Woody and the five other program horses did paintings for the auction. They lent their muzzles, tails and hooves to the project.

Other artists and writers with more extensive biographies donated original works, prints, books, jewelry and pottery to the auction.

“It’s our last major fundraiser for the year,” said Stephanie Corum, program director for the riding center.

The riding center held similar art auctions in 2008 and 2010, raising a total of $30,000 between those two events, Corum said.

Donations made during Art from the Heart will benefit various aspects of operations at the Franklin County 4-H Therapeutic Riding Center, which is off Franklin Farm Lane. The fundraiser was held at Chambersburg Country Club.

Corum said the riding center already exceeded its annual budget for hay, since droughts in parts of the United States are driving up the cost of hay across the country.

About 75 children and adults participate in the center’s programs for people with mental, physical or emotional disabilities.

Among them is Jacob Salter, a 12-year-old with Down syndrome. He started riding lessons at age 5.

“He looks forward to it so much,” said his mother, Tammy Salter.

Activities like leaning and reaching help the boy with muscle control, she said.

“It’s been very helpful for us. It builds not only the physical, but it’s about self-confidence,” said Rod Salter, Jacob’s father.

The Salters served on a committee to organize the fundraiser because they believe in the work of the riding center.

“It’s therapy without them knowing it’s therapy,” Tammy Salter said.

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